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by Archaeology Newsroom

The concern of the Byzantines for the natural environment of cities

Byzantine people, living in an environment tamed millenniums ago, continued to face, change and exploit nature and its phenomena.

Throughout the Early Byzantine era men show a special concern for their city, an attitude characteristic to ancient Greeks and Romans. The efforts of imperial governors and city officials and in a minor degree these of individuals are directed towards works best suited to the accommodation, adaptation and exploitation of nature’s powers and potentialities. The legislation ruling town-planning proves the interest of the state in matters pertaining to the best possible aesthetic, practical and hygienic organization of cities. As the Early Christian period expires crucial changes take place in urban civilization.This shows in the different attitude taken towards the function and use of the environment causing many urban features to be spoiled.